Spanish and Algerian friendlies offered at Ahly camp in UAE
Eslam Omar, Wednesday 29 Feb 2012
Mourning Cairo-based football team, Ahly, are now to play El-Shabab, instead of Kuwait and Dubai, instead of Ahly Dubai,in their UAE training camp; friendlies with Algerian and Spanish clubs also on the cards


Egyptian football champions Ahly have approved the changes, made by the sponsors, of their training camp in the Emirates.

The Red Castle will play Kuwaiti outfit El-Shabab, instead of Kuwait team, on 2 March, three days before they face UAE’s Dubai, instead of Ahly Dubai. They will end the camp by playing UAE’s Emirates.

"We accepted the apology of the clubs who faced arrival difficulties," Ahly's football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz said.

Abdel-Hafiz also revealed an offer from Algerian side, Mouloudia Alger, to play another friendly on 18 or 19 March but added that Ahly technical staff, under the leadership of their Portuguese manager Manuel Jose, haven’t made the final decision yet.

The Reds were also, reportedly, interested in offers of a friendly in UAE against one of the Spanish clubs Malaga, Real Betis or Getafe on the same date.

“Playing against a Spanish team would be the last step in the team’s preparations for the African competition,” Ahly Football Executive Director Hadi Khashaba told Ahram Online.

The Cairo-based club will be playing against Ethiopian Coffee or Comoros champions in round 32 of the Confederation of African Football Champions League on 23 March.

Ahly are observing a40-day mourning period after the Port Said disaster on 1 February that left over 70 dead and forced the suspension of domestic football games.

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